According to just about every story you read or hear in the media these days, it won't be long before printed books are a thing of the past.
Since Amazon's Kindle reader was first released in 2007, sales of ebooks and other electronic media have soared as more and more readers opt for the virtual over ink and paper.
Now we are told that ebook sales top those of printed books online and that pretty soon everyone will be making the switch to digital.
Don't count on it. At least not for awhile.
There are still plenty of Americans -- and plenty right here in the Twin Cities -- who prefer the real thing to images on a screen. For many of us, the supposed ease and convenience of an ebook reader will never replace the joy of actually holding a book.
And that's the way you feel, we have some good news.
On Thursday and Friday, the Texarkana Public Library is hosting its Spring Book Fair.
The public is welcome both days from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the library's David Nelson Room.
It's a really a book-lovers dream. Hardcovers and paperbacks in every imaginable genre. Plenty of children's books are available as well. And the prices will please you.
If you love to read -- or just like a bargain -- come out to the Spring Book Fair. You'll be glad you did